Events & Activities

IDOT Public Information Meeting

June 8, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will hold an Open House Public Information Meeting in Urbana on Thursday, June 8, 2017 to discuss safety improvements to US 150 (University Ave.) from Wright St. to Cunningham Ave. in Urbana. This project is included in the current IDOT Multi-Year Program.

The Public Information Meeting will be held at the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District building at 1101 East University Ave. in Urbana. Those interested are invited to attend any time from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Representatives from IDOT will be present to provide information, receive input, answer questions and take written or oral statements regarding this project. There will not be a formal presentation.

Proposed safety improvements consist of resurfacing US 150 on Wright St. from north of White St. to University Ave. and on University Ave. from Wright St. to Maple St. Other improvements will include ADA sidewalk and ramp improvements, LED street lighting, traffic signal modernization with flashing yellow arrow, recessed pavement markings, and new curb and gutter.

Urbana High School Commencement

May 27, 2017 - 11:00am

On Saturday, May 27, the Commencement Ceremony of the Urbana High School Class of 2017 will take place at the State Farm Center on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus.

After an absence of three years due to construction of the former Assembly Hall, the UHS commencement will be the first area high school commencement back at the arena. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 am.

Students who have completed their coursework with Urbana Adult Education will also be receiving their diplomas during this ceremony.

As been the tradition in the past few years, three graduating Tigers will speak to their classmates during the ceremony. There will also be performances by the UHS Orchestra.

All family and friends of UHS graduating seniors are welcome to attend the Commencement. There is a $5 fee to park in the State Farm Center lot.

Vote For Champaign-Urbana for Best Midwest Food Town

May 19, 2017 - 1:28pm to May 31, 2017 - 5:00pm

Food TownChampaign-Urbana Named a Best Midwest Food Town

The monthly magazine, Midwest Living, just announced a curated list of the twelve most delicious food towns in the Midwest which includes Champaign-Urbana. As part of their Greatest Midwest Town’s contest series, readers will vote from May 1–31 on the best food town to be featured in their September/October issue.

“We are honored to be chosen as a finalist for the Greatest Midwest Food Town by Midwest Living,” exclaims Terri Reifsteck, Vice President of Marketing for Visit Champaign County. “Our food scene in Champaign County is unrivaled for a city this size in the Midwest. From fresh, farm-to-table selections to diverse, international cuisine, Champaign County has something for everyone at every price range.”

Walking Tour - Early 20th Century Houses

May 27, 2017 -
10:00am to 11:30am

Walking Tour: Urbana’s Early 20th Century Houses

Saturday, May 27 • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. (This event was originally scheduled for May 20)

Meet at the Market at the Square at the City of Urbana “booth”


Join tour leader, Matt Metcalf, and walk into the West Urbana neighborhood to look at the great mix of architectural styles which illustrate the development patterns of a growing city. We will also look at various influences of styles versus full developed examples of styles to see the real eclectic mix in this neighborhood.


This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.

Workshop - How to Research Your Old House

May 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

How to Research Your Old House

May 24 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Jean Evans Archives Room, Second Floor of the Urbana Free Library 

Bring your address, and we’ll help you get started on your research!

When was it built? Who designed it? Who lived there?

Find answers to these questions in this hands-on workshop. 

Presented by:

Alice Novak Chair, Urbana Historic Preservation Commission

Brian Adams Author, Joseph William Royer, Urbana’s Architect; Board of Directors, The Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County (PACA)


This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.


Lecture - Early 20th Century Houses

May 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Early 20th Century Houses - Influence and Style

May 17 • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Lewis Auditorium at Urbana Free Library, Ground Floor

We’ll look at the great mix of architectural styles used from circa 1905 - 1940, showing evolving American ideals and international influences. As urban density occurred in companion with an expansion of the middle class, the influence of regional and national patterns of architectural standardization was encouraged by mass production, and the aspiration nature of the residents who lived there.

Presention by Matt Metcalf Urbana Historic Preservation Commission; Co-anchor, ciLiving on WCIA

This event is part of the "Celebrate Preservation Month" series.

2017 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off

May 20, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

Putting the “Kick” in Our Summer Reading Kick-Off Party with Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande

Saturday, May 20 • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. • Cherry Alley* • For families

Read by Design when you join us for the 2017 Summer Reading Program Kick-Off with an outdoor party for everyone! Enjoy live music and a demonstration from the folks at Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande. Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, and music. Don't miss sidewalk chalk, games, ice cream, and lemonade. And before you leave, sign-up for one of our free summer reading clubs to make the fun last all summer long!

*If it rains, the event will move to the Lewis Auditorium.

This summer, make time to read the books you love and win prizes just for reading! Read books of your choice (including eBooks and audiobooks), and attend fun programs. Get ready for Reading by Design!
Register online or at the Library

Celebrate Mother's Day at the Urbana Free Library

May 13, 2017 - 11:00am to May 14, 2017 - 2:00pm

Mother’s Day Story Time
11:00 – 11:30 AM
Saturday, May 13
Lewis Auditorium

Children ages 2 and up and their families are invited to celebrate moms with special stories and fun songs. We'll also make a special card for you to give to your mother.

Mother’s Day Cafe Concert with Almost “A” Quintet
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Sunday, May 14
Busey-Mills Reading Room

Almost “A” features some of the most talented and in-demand performers in the area: Dorothy Martirano (violin), Armand Beaudoin (bass), George Turner (guitar), Sam Gingher (piano and melodica), and Ricardo Flores (percussion). The musicians have strong and diverse backgrounds in classical, contemporary art music, jazz, and Latin jazz with folk, gypsy, gypsy jazz, tango, and klezmer.

For more information, contact Kathy Wicks at or 217-531-7051.